Liz Truss has resigned as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
The beleaguered Prime Minister has announced she will step down from her role after just six weeks in the role. The pressure had been mounting on the under-fire PM after a series of disasters following on from the announcement of her economic plans.
Yesterday, the Home Secretary Suella Braverman resigned and what followed was an evening of chaos in Parliament as top Tories tried to force other MPs to back Ms Truss in a key vote.
Ms Truss has already been forced to sack her Chancellor and closest ally, Kwasi Kwarteng, amid the economic turmoil that came after their hugely controversial mini budget. He was replaced by Jeremy Hunt who immediately set about reversing almost all the measures in that budget.
Today Ms Truss was locked in talks with backbench Tory Chairman Sir Graham Brady, Tory chair Jake Berry and Deputy Prime Minister Therese Coffey. As they spoke, more letters were submitted by Conservative MPs`, calling for the besieged Prime Minister to go.
Speaking from a lectern outside Downing Street today – just over three months after her predecessor Boris Johnson did the same – Ms Truss confirmed she would be standing down as leader of the Conservative Party and therefore as Prime Minister.
In front of dozens of reporters Ms Truss said she came into office at a time of “great economic and international instability”. But she said she cannot deliver the mandate she was elected on by Tory members and is resigning.
She went on to say that she met with 1922 Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady today. They agreed there will be a leadership election within the next week, adding that she will remain as prime minister until a successor is chosen.